Road Scholar Programs

Adventures in Lifelong Learning

IBT has been a program provider for Elderhostel/Road Scholar since 1988, a natural fit that results in bike tours, barge tours, and bike & barge tours. The not-for-profit organization Elderhostel Inc., through its Road Scholar programs, inspires adults to learn, discover, and travel. IBT assists in reaching these goals in administering and developing the content of the international educational programs below, which include lectures, field trips and extracurricular activities in the visited country. Barges are classic river barges with pleasant amenities and either ten or twelve twin-bedded cabins each with private bath.

Adventures Afloat: Belgium: Art & Architecture Along the Waterways / Program #20370
Belgium / 9 days
May 24 – June 1, 2019 | September 6 -14, 2019
Wind your way through the scenic canals and rivers of Flanders by barge and learn from experts about the artistic and architectural masterpieces of Belgium along the way.

Adventures Afloat: The Old Masters: Art Treasures of Holland by River / Program #19504
The Netherlands / 10 days
April 18 – 27, 2019 | June 27 – July 6, 2019 | August 1 – 10, 2019 | September 26 – October 5, 2019
Discover the cultural heights of Holland’s Low Lands as you join experts to learn about artistic masterworks, renowned museums, historic architecture and an iconic earthenware factory.

Adventures Afloat: Mosel River Valley: Vineyards, Castles & Culture by Barge / Program #11951
Germany & Luxembourg / 10 days
August 30 – September 8, 2019 | September 27 – October 6, 2010

By private barge, voyage the Saar and Mosel rivers for an in-depth perspective on the timeless villages, medieval castles, ancient vineyards and Old World traditions of Western Germany.

A Cycling Journey: Bike and Barge in Holland and Belgium / Program #10530
The Netherlands & Belgium / 16 days
April 5 – 20, 2019 | June 21 – July 6,2019 | August 30 – September 14, 2019
From your floating home on a river barge, set out on a bicycle journey through lovely, historic towns to discover the local history, culture and art of Holland and Belgium.

A Family Cycling Journey: Bike & Barge in Holland / Program #22665
The Netherlands / 9 days
July 12 – 20, 2019
Sweet Dutch pancakes. Wooden shoes and windmills. A seal rehabilitation center. Explore magical North Holland by bike and barge as you soak up friendly locals’ welkom at every turn.

A Cycling Journey: Tulips and Windmills in the Netherlands / Program #22618
The Netherlands / 9 days
April 6 – 14, 2019 | April 9 – 17, 2019 (e-bikes)
Bicycle along Holland’s famed tulip fields as you learn the history of the country’s windmills, delve into the flower industry and enjoy the world-famous Bloemencorso flower parade.

A Cycling Journey: Northern Italy From the Alps to Verona / Program #20865
Italy / 12 days
May 11 – 22, 2019 | May 25 – June 5, 2019 | June 22  – July 3, 2019 | September 7 – 18, 2019 | September 21 – October 2, 2019
Unravel the enchanting story of Northern Italy as you cycle from the Alps to Verona, learning about Roman monuments, traditional vineyards, ancient villages and authentic cuisine.

A Cycling Journey: The Villages and Countryside of Provence / Program #3675
France / 12 days
September 21 – October 1, 2019
Via bicycle, pedal through the quaint villages and breathtaking countryside of Provence with a local expert and learn about the region’s art, people and Roman history.

A Cycling Journey: Wine Along the Rhine from Germany to France / Program #22580
France & Germany / 12 days
June 8 – 19, 2019 | September 7 -18, 2019
Follow the path of the Rhine by bicycle past hilltop castles and through swaths of Riesling-growing vineyards as you experience the cultural blend at the border of France and Germany.

A Cycling Journey: the Elbe River from Germany to Czech Republic / Program #12145
Germany & Czech Republic / 14 days
June 15 – 28, 2019 | September 14 – 27, 2019
While cycling the Elbe River you can’t help but discover history and culture along the way — from ancient castles to local museums, from national parks to Prague’s iconic Old Town.

A Cycling Journey: Munich to Vienna along The Danube River / Program #3044
Germany & Austria / 14 days
May 16 – 29, 2019 | August 1 – 14, 2019 | September 5 – 18, 2019
Explore the Danube on comfortable bike paths as you enjoy expert-led lectures on shipping history, folklore and culture. Plus, visit the famous 900-year-old Benedictine Abbey of Melk!

A Cycling Journey: Vienna to Budapest along The Danube River / Program #23058
Austria, Hungary & Slovakia / 12 days
April 30 – May 11 | June 4 – 15, 2019 | August 13 – 24, 2019 | September 17 – 28, 2019
Pedal along the Danube River to experience Austria, Slovakia and Hungary’s magnificent countryside, while plunging into their deep-rooted culture and exploring significant landmarks.

A Cycling Journey: Austria to Slovenia Along the Mur River / Program #22581
Austria & Slovenia / 14 days
June 15 – 28, 2019 | September 7 – 20, 2019
Let the Mur River be your muse as you bicycle from Austria to Slovenia, meandering past castles and farming villages and learning about the region’s distinctive history.

A Cycling Journey: English Villages Along the River Avon / Program #3670
United Kingdom / 12 days
June 8 – 19, 2019 | August 10 – 21, 2019
Cycle and learn about the Cotswolds, renowned for its beauty, history and artistic legacy, and see the traditional limestone villages from which the region derives its name.